Understanding self-organization and formal institutions in peri-urban transformations: A case study from Beijing

Shuhai Zhang*, Gert de Roo, Ward Rauws

*Bijbehorende auteur voor dit werk

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This article explores the mechanisms of urban self-organization and the role of formal institutions in shaping peri-urban areas. A case study of Gaobeidian, a former rural village that is now part of Beijing, examines the mechanisms of change and the interdependent relations between institutions and bottom-up initiatives that drive peri-urban transformations. The paper presents two main contributions: (1) it identifies the differences between government-controlled planning, shared governance, self-governance and self-organization and how these intertwine in urban transformations; (2) it proposes three distinct roles played by institutions in relation to self-organization: triggering, constraining and enabling. The empirical study of this Chinese case will enrich the current debate on planning for self-organizing cities by revealing the impact of, and the various responses to, self-organization dynamics in a hierarchical institutional environment.
Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)287-303
Aantal pagina's17
TijdschriftEnvironment and planning b-Urban analytics and city science
Nummer van het tijdschrift2
Vroegere onlinedatum25-nov-2019
StatusPublished - feb-2020

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